Tom Simard

Poetry, Music, and Prose

Sketch 12: Watercolors

Poetry may be based on a real life experience or one’s imagination or a combination of the two.

Take a look at Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s oil painting, Ecce Ancilla Domini (The Annunciation):




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9 thoughts on “Sketch 12: Watercolors

  1. It’s funny how Victorian artists have come back into fashion. When I student twenty years ago, people had barely heard of Rossetti, but now he’s very much back in the public eye, There is something very poetic about all the artwork from the pre-Raphaelites, although I like Millais best of all.


    • Interesting about them coming into fashion. Any idea why?
      I agree there is something very poetic about their artwork.
      Absolutely love Millais’ Ophelia.


      • I think they went out of fashion for two reasons. Firstly, people got into the impressionists and modern art, which meant they lost interest in the more traditional art of their parent’s generation. Secondly, the Victorian clothes, fashions and subject matter looked dated to the post-WWI generation and people stopped showing any interest in those kind of themes. We only started rediscovering them in the 1990s. If you look at a lot of modern TV shows like Game of Thrones, you can clearly see the influence of Victorian painters in the backdrops and scenery.


      • Good stuff. Yes, I can see what you mean with the Game of Thrones.


  2. Enjoy the painting and your exchange with Alastair Savage. I do enjoy impressionists like Monet. But I find this painting to be beautiful and spiritual.


  3. This painting is a combination of the two. First it truly is painted like a painter before Raphael would, of a myth with symbolic color and no perspective. But unlike that, this work has a modern realistic psychology. Mary is quite uneasy, fearful even of the more than usually aggressive Gabriel. It prefigure Degas’ “the interior (rape scene)” and several of Munch’s equally disturbing interiors. Thanks for the like.


  4. I’m not very knowledgeable about art (unless you count comic book art, and even then my knowledge is dated), but I know this piece (I’m not entirely sure why, but I’m excited that I recognize it) a little. I read something about it–I don’t remember where–that it was remarkable for its depiction of Mary as the gawky young girl she most likely would have been, and not the poised, serene woman we see so often. Also, I really like the suggestion that Mary is not doing cartwheels over the “blessing” of being chosen as the mother of God.


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